About CAELA Network

The CAELA Network helps states increase their capacity to provide high quality professional development to those who teach adult English language learners and provides assistance to professional developers, teachers, administrators, and others across the country who work with adults learning English.

The CAELA Network project is funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education.

The CAELA Network provides:

  • A framework for quality professional development that states can use to enhance English language instruction for adult learners

  • Resources, including an online course, topical briefs, and quarterly newsletters for use by teachers and professional developers

  • A searchable repository of research-based information on adult English language acquisition

  • Training and technical assistance to twelve states, based on the framework

  • An online course: Adult English Language Acquisition for Teacher Trainers
    (In Development)

The CAELA Network builds on the work of the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) project, funded by OVAE from 2004-2007. CAELA helped states build their capacity to promote English language learning and academic achievement of adults learning English. This mission was carried out through targeted work with 24 states, the development of a toolkit of materials for professional trainers (the CAELA Guide for Adult ESL Trainers), the creation of materials that synthesize research and make applications to practice, and the hosting of a database of evidence-based resources.

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